Dr. Marvin Shipman N.D.
1501 SE Walton Blvd #105
Bentonville, AR, 72712
Creating a healthy nation by teaching generations to have compassion on their future health...we are healthy nations
Here is a sample of the HCG book by Dr A.T.W. Simeons, the entire book has been made available with permission for you to enjoy.
FOREWORD and Introduction by Dr. A.T.W. SimeonsThis volume discusses a new interpretation of the nature of obesity, andwhile it does not advocate yet another fancy slimming diet it does describea method of treatment which has grown out of theoretical considerationsbased on clinical observation.We have grown pretty sure that the tendency to accumulateabnormal fat is a very definite metabolic disorder, much as is, for instance,diabetes. I have always held that overeating is the result of the disorder,not its cause. During the 16 years that have elapsed since I first published myfindings, I have had many hundreds of inquiries from research institutes,counselors and clients. Hitherto I could only refer those interested to myscientific papers, though I realized that these did not contain sufficientinformation to enable counselors to conduct the new treatmentsatisfactorily. Those who tried were obliged to gain their own experiencethrough the many trials and errors which I have long since overcome.Doctors from all over the world have come to Italy to study themethod, first hand in my clinic in the Salvator Mundi International Hospitalin Rome. For some of them the time they could spare has been too shortto get a full grasp of the technique, and in any case the number of thosewhom I have been able to meet personally is small compared with themany requests for further detailed information which keep coming in. Obesity as a DisorderAs a basis for our discussion we postulate that obesity in all itsmany forms is due to an abnormal functioning of some part of the bodyand that every ounce of abnormally accumulated fat is always the result ofthe same disorder of certain regulatory mechanisms. Persons sufferingfrom this particular disorder will get fat regardless of whether they eatexcessively, normally or less than normal. A person who is free of thedisorder will never get fat, even if he frequently overeats.Those in whom the disorder is severe will accumulate fat veryrapidly, those in whom it is moderate will gradually increase in weight andthose in whom it is mild may be able to keep their excess weightstationary for long periods. In all these cases a loss of weight broughtabout by dieting, treatments with thyroid, appetite-reducing drugs,laxatives, violent exercise, massage, baths, etc., is only temporary and willbe rapidly regained as soon as the reducing regimen is relaxed. Thereason is simply that none of these measures corrects the basic disorder.While there are great variations in the severity of obesity, we shallconsider all the different forms in both sexes and at all ages as alwaysbeing due to the same disorder. Variations in form would then be partly amatter of degree, partly an inherited bodily constitution and partly theresult of a secondary involvement of endocrine glands such as thepituitary, the thyroid, the adrenals or the sex glands. On the other hand,we postulate that no deficiency of any of these glands can ever directlyproduce the common disorder known as obesity.If this reasoning is correct, it follows that a treatment aimed at curingthe disorder must be equally effective in both sexes, at all ages and in allforms of obesity. Unless this is so, we are entitled to harbor grave doubtsas to whether a given treatment corrects the underlying disorder.Moreover, any claim that the disorder has been corrected must besubstantiated by the ability of the client to eat normally of any food hepleases without regaining abnormal fat after treatment. Only if theseconditions are fulfilled can we legitimately speak of curing obesity ratherthan of reducing weight.Our problem thus presents itself as an enquiry into the localizationand the nature of the disorder which leads to obesity. The history of thisenquiry is a long series of high hopes and bitter disappointments.